Scholarly Engagement Librarian
Howard-Tilton Memorial Library
Rachel Stein is Scholarly Engagement Librarian for History, Anthropology, Political Science, Jewish Studies, Africana Studies, Asian Studies, and Middle East and North African Studies. She provides academic support to these departments and programs through library instruction, workshops, research consultations, library guides, and the selection of books, journals, databases, and other scholarly resources.
In addition to her work as an academic librarian, Rachel is a cultural historian of medieval and early modern Spain, Portugal, and their empires. She holds a Ph.D. in Latin American and Iberian Cultures from Columbia University; M.A. in Spanish from Middlebury College; and B.A. in the College of Letters from Wesleyan University. Her doctoral research examined the printing of books on America, Africa, and Asia in 17th-century Lisbon, tracing global production networks across coordinates as diverse as Mexico City, Isla Margarita, Buenos Aires, Bahía, Antwerp, Madrid, and Goa. Rachel’s scholarship has been supported by the Andrew W. Mellon-Rare Book School Fellowship in Critical Bibliography, the National Endowment for the Humanities, Fundação Luso-Americana para o Desenvolvimento, and A Studio in the Woods. She has published book reviews and articles in The Journal of Early Modern History, The Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America, and Iberian Connections. Rachel is an affiliated faculty member of the University of Virginia's Rare Book School and The Brooklyn Institute for Social Research.
Rachel is especially passionate about pedagogy and supporting undergraduate and graduate students in their careers at Tulane. Before pursuing an academic career, she lived in Madrid, Spain, for five years, where she worked as a copy editor and translator and taught dance.
You can learn more about Rachel's scholarship and professional activities on her ORCID Page.